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Healthcare and wellness expressions in Finnish

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Learning a new language often includes familiarizing oneself with everyday phrases and expressions. In the Finnish language, understanding healthcare and wellness terms can be particularly helpful, whether you’re navigating a visit to the doctor, discussing symptoms, or talking about general well-being. Here are some essential Finnish phrases related to healthcare and wellness, along with their definitions and example sentences to help you practice.

Lääkäri
A doctor or physician.
Minulla on ajanvaraus lääkärille huomenna.
(I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow.)

Apteekki
Pharmacy or drugstore.
Voisitko poiketa apteekkiin matkalla kotiin?
(Could you stop by the pharmacy on your way home?)

Resepti
Prescription.
Lääkäri kirjoitti minulle reseptin tähän lääkkeeseen.
(The doctor wrote me a prescription for this medication.)

Terveys
Health.
Terveys on elämän tärkein asia.
(Health is the most important thing in life.)

Särky
Pain or ache.
Minulla on särky hartioissa stressin takia.
(I have a pain in my shoulders because of stress.)

Kuume
Fever.
Lapsella on korkea kuume, pitäisi soittaa lääkärille.
(The child has a high fever; we should call a doctor.)

Voimistelu
Exercise, gymnastics.
Fysioterapeutti suositteli päivittäistä voimistelua.
(The physiotherapist recommended daily gymnastics/exercises.)

Ravitsemus
Nutrition.
Hyvä ravitsemus on avain terveeseen elämään.
(Good nutrition is key to a healthy life.)

Rokotus
Vaccination.
Olen varannut ajan influenssarokotukseen ensi viikolle.
(I have booked a flu vaccination appointment for next week.)

Lepo
Rest.
Lääkäri sanoi, että tarvitsen enemmän lepoa.
(The doctor said I need more rest.)

Hyvinvointi
Well-being.
Työn ja vapaa-ajan tasapaino on tärkeää hyvinvoinnille.
(Work-life balance is important for well-being.)

Stressi
Stress.
Työprojektit ovat aiheuttaneet minulle paljon stressiä viime aikoina.
(Work projects have been causing me a lot of stress lately.)

Ensiapu
First aid.
On tärkeää osata perus ensiaputaidot hätätilanteita varten.
(It is important to know basic first aid skills for emergencies.)

Päivystys
Emergency service or on-call service.
Jos tilanne pahenee, meidän pitää mennä päivystykseen.
(If the situation gets worse, we have to go to the emergency service.)

By incorporating these Finnish healthcare and wellness expressions into your vocabulary, you will be better equipped to discuss and manage health-related issues during your time in Finland. The Finnish healthcare system is known for its efficiency and quality, so don’t hesitate to use these phrases whenever necessary to ensure the best possible care for yourself or for others.

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